Thanks again to all respondents. Far and away, the consensus was "Lock the
whole system in a room to which only you (and trusted associates) have
access." or "Use a locked enclosure."
It was mentioned that even if you did software-disable the eject switch, it
would [AFAIK] get reenabled when you power-cycled the drive.
I think it's worth mentioning that the building is restricted to authorized
guests and employees with pictured ID badges, and the room in which
confidential processing occurs has a 5-button cipher-lock and a strict
personal recognizance policy in effect. BUT, there are over 30 people with
access and if any one of them "got disgruntled", s/he could make some lives
miserable in a terrific hurry.
=> We have DoD confidential info on those tapes; if one was stolen, one or
=> employees would probably face federal prosecution for negligence. :(
Mark Bergman wondered:
> How do other spooks^H^H^H^H^H^Hfederal departments handle the same
There's one other system w/tape drive; they do the same thing we do. Just
leave the tape in it.
Line Printer System pointed out:
>The tapes should be locked in a GSA rated safe or vault while not in
I bet management would be quicker to spring for an enclosure than to pay
someone to babysit the backups in the middle of the night... :) (time and a
half, maybe?) We do have a safe, btw; we just keep CDs in it. ("Put that
Grateful Dead in there. It's a collector's item!")
Line Printer System
...and any others en route!
P.S. Just kidding, not *those* kind of CDs...
P.P.S. It's Pink Floyd or nothing.
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